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Our Department has an active outreach program for the local community. We participate two major campus based outreach events, several UF and local community events, as well as visit local schools and organizations. Keep an eye on our events lisitng for upcoming outreach opportunities.

  • Can You Dig It?

Can You Dig It?” is a major local community outreach event held in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History. This is an annual event with up to 2000 visitors each year from Gainesvllle and the surrounding areas. CYDI is a family-friendly event with activities that are fun for all ages . Our faculty and students design more than 20 exhibits with interactive Earth science activities including volcanic explosions, tidal waves and the coolest sandbox you have ever played with.

Children playing with the augmented reality sandbox

  • UF Geological Sciences Day

UF Annual Geological Sciences Day is a campus outreach event held outside Williamson Hall in the Reitz Union Quad during the Spring semester. Department graduate students organize the event with the help of undergraduate and postdoc volunteers. Volunteers set up Earth science activities to showcase department research, interact with students and faculty in the UF community and improve visibility on campus.

UF Geosciences Day

  • Collectors Day – Florida Museum of Natural History

Dr Michael Perfit and Dr Andy Zimmerman are regular exhibitors at Collectors Day at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Dr. Michael Perfit exhibits his collection of volcano memorabilia including anything from volcano themed toys to volcano making kits and volcano postcards. Dr. Andy Zimmerman shares his unrivaled collection of sands from all over the world including local sands from Florida beaches to volcanic sands from Chile. Visit his collection to observe the microscopic components of different sands.

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